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Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

Philosophy Major (50 credits or 60 credits)

If you are interested in declaring a Philosophy Major, please see the Declaring the Major page for more information.

Students may choose either a 50-credit major or a 60-credit major. In order to graduate, a student who completes the 50-credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline. A student who completes the 60-credit major is not required to have a minor or second major.

Departmental Honors in Philosophy

The honors program in Philosophy recognizes the exceptional scholarship of qualified students in the Philosophy major. To qualify, students must have completed at least 25 credits in their major and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in their major coursework.

In addition to their normal coursework, students seeking departmental honors must take one additional upper division course in their program, complete a superior thesis (PHIL 497: Honors Thesis) to be evaluated by a second reader from the departmental faculty, and make an oral presentation. Students graduating with honors will have that accomplishment recorded on their transcripts.

Required Core Courses:

Select either:
PHIL 150 - Critical Thinking (5) OR
PHIL 307 - Introduction to Formal Logic (5)

PHIL 352 - Greek and Roman Philosophy (5)
PHIL 353 - Early Modern Philosophy (5) 
PHIL 354 - Kant and Nineteenth-Century Philosophy (5)
PHIL 494 - Undergraduate Thesis Preparation* (2)
PHIL 488 - Junior Seminar (5)

Select either:
PHIL 495 - Undergraduate Thesis* (3) OR
PHIL 497 - Honors Thesis* (3)

Total Core Credits: 30


Select one course from the following value-based courses (5 credits)

PHIL 302 - Ethical Theory (5)
PHIL 304 - Business Ethics (5)
PHIL 306 - Environmental Ethics (5)
PHIL 308 - Medical Ethics (5)
PHIL 347 - Philosophy of Law (5)
PHIL 348 - Social and Political Philosophy (5)
PHIL 403 - Philosophy of Art (5)
PHIL 465 - Advanced Ethics (5)

Select one course from the following contemporary analytic and continental philosophy courses (5 credits)

PHIL 358 - Existentialism (5)
PHIL 359 - Contemporary European Philosophy (5)
PHIL 361 - Theory of Knowledge (5)
PHIL 364 - Philosophy of Mind (5)
PHIL 380 - Philosophy of Science (5)

Select one course from the following diversity courses (5 credits)

PHIL 325 - Women and Philosophy (5)
PHIL 345 - Chinese Philosophy (5)
PHIL 357 - Philosophy of Race (5)
RELS 403 - Buddhist Thought and Practice (5)

Electives: (5-15 credits)
Any PHIL courses (at most 5 credits at the 100- or 200-level).

Total Credits: 50 or 60

Click here to view major requirements and current curriculum in CWU's Online Electronic Catalog.

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the official University´s compilation for all curriculum. The OEC will serve as the basis for major, minor and program requirements for the academic year.

For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to CWU online catalog. When a printed catalog is produced, its publication will take place immediately following the freezing of the OEC for that year. Undergraduate catalogs are valid for five years.

Students must follow that catalog for major and program requirements that are in effect at the time they are admitted to the major. Please contact your academic department if you have questions. For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to CWU online catalog.

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